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personalliberty.com

by United Press International, Inc.

May 25, 2012

A new threat intelligence system will help corporate and government security officials share information to fight cyberattacks, U.S. researchers say.

Scientists at Georgia Tech say their malware intelligence system will be vital as threats expand into new domains and increasingly focus on industrial espionage. Dubbed Titan, the system will anchor a security community creating "safety in numbers," as companies large and small add their threat data to a knowledge base that will be shared with all participants, a Georgia Tech release said Wednesday.

personalliberty.com

by United Press International, Inc.

May 25, 2012

A woman whose iPhone was stolen on a Florida-based Disney cruise said the alleged thief accidentally sent her the photos he took with the pilfered device.

Katy McCaffrey, who said her phone was stolen during an April ride on the Disney Wonder cruise ship, said the suspected thief, a worker on the ship, apparently did not know how to turn off the iCloud function, which automatically sends pictures taken with the phone to McCaffrey's computer, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday.

personalliberty.com

by United Press International, Inc.

May 23, 2012

Three Facebook investors have filed a civil lawsuit in New York federal court alleging the company and its underwriters failed to disclose forecast changes.

The complaint, filed Wednesday by the law firm Robbins Geller Rudman and Dowd LLP, alleges the public offering document issued in connection with last week's initial public offering contained false and misleading information in violation of the Securities Act.

personalliberty.com

by United Press International, Inc.

May 22, 2012

A cellphone SIM card remotely managed by a computer will allow parents to control a child's phone and protect the child from bullying, a British company says.

Bemilo says its system, to run on the British Vodafone network, will allow parents to stop their children from going online, texting or making or receiving calls during certain hours. "It's a SIM that is just like any other SIM you would buy for any other network, but it enables parents to have full control in the context of safety," Simon Goff, founder and chairman of Bemilo, told the BBC.

wnd.com

by Unruh, Bob

March 11, 2012

A plan being proposed by three lawmakers in Colorado, Reps. Ken Summers and Tom Massey and Sen. Betty Boyd, would require consumers to submit to a biometric scan of their retina or provide a fingerprint in order to get medication.

The plan is HB12-1242 and is under consideration by the Colorado Assembly, which is deliberating the demand that "practitioners and PDOs (prescription drug outlets)" install and maintain "biometric scanning devices and to use those devices to obtain a biometric scan of a person's biometric identifier, such as a fingerprint or retinal scan, and to submit the scan to the database." The pharmacies would have to "prior to prescribing or dispensing a prescription drug or dispensing a restricted over-the-counter substance ... submit specified information to the [state] database."

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

March 13, 2013

Book publishers say they oppose Amazon's application for top-level Internet domain names, including .book, .read and .author, calling it monopolistic.

Amazon's request comes as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers hopes to increase the number of potential Web addresses, with hundreds of new generic top-level domains to be added to the existing .com, .net and so forth. As applications began to be received last June, it was revealed some large Web-based companies, such as Google and Amazon, were looking to acquire large numbers of domains featuring common words such as .shop and .book. Amazon has made no attempt to hide its desire to monopolize the .book suffix, explaining in its ICANN application it would "provide a unique and dedicated platform for Amazon while simultaneously protecting ... its brand" with "no resellers in .book and no market in .book domains [since] Amazon will strictly control the use."

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

March 12, 2013

Digital activity on sites like Facebook can leave "traces" from which personal attributes can be predicted with considerable accuracy, British researchers say.

Scientists at Cambridge University report surprisingly accurate estimates of Facebook users' race, age, IQ, sexuality, personality, substance use and political views can be inferred from automated analysis of just their Facebook Likes. That information is currently publicly available by default, they said, and can be used in the same way as Web search queries and browsing histories to reveal information about almost anyone who is regularly online.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

March 12, 2013

Rent-to-own giant Aaron's is being sued in Georgia and California for allegedly spying on customers, court papers say.

The lawsuits allege that Aaron's franchises installed software on laptops and computers it rented to help it recover equipment that might not be returned. But customers say they were unaware the software existed and that it also allowed the company to steal private information, including passwords, credit card numbers, social security numbers and personal documents, including, at times, intimate photographs.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

February 28, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Tuesday allowing state gambling houses to offer betting on online slot machines and table games.

The New Jersey Assembly and Senate overwhelmingly approved Internet gaming legislation Tuesday, and Christie immediately sign it into law, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday. The Republican governor initially vetoed the legislation on Feb. 7, seeking revisions to ensure proper regulation. All the changes were incorporated into the final bill, the newspaper noted.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

February 26, 2013

Facebook will block sensitive content linked to the Newtown, Conn., school massacre, the company and the state's congressional delegation said.

Many of the Newtown tribute pages posted to Facebook were created by relatives of the victims or survivors, but others were created by people with no connection to the tragedy, The Hartford Courant reported. Officials were concerned about the solicitation of donations, bullying and harassment. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said, it's not anyone's "responsibility to try to speak for the families other than the families." Murphy, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, all Democrats, wrote Facebook Chairman Mark Zuckerberg Monday, the Courant said. The politicians asked the company to address concerns about "tribute" pages created for the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims.

      
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